MICKY Adams, the Sheffield United manager, has launched a stinging attack on some members of his squad ahead of today’s summit meeting with plc chairman Kevin McCabe.
Adams, whose relegated side waved goodbye to the Championship with a 4-0 defeat at promotion hopefuls Swansea City, appeared to suggest that personnel problems behind the scenes have contributed to the South Yorkshire club’s demise.
Despite refusing to identify those concerned, Adams told The Star: “Ever since I’ve been here I’ve been having to fight fires. And often people.
“Some of those have gone. Some are still here. But I’ve got no time for those who don’t take their profession seriously. Who cheat. I know that is a strong word.
“I’ve tried to do something about it. I won’t have people doing things that, as far as I’m concerned, are to the detriment of this football club.
“I’ve tried to be honest and open. I’m not one for sitting on the fence.”
Adams, 49, is scheduled to meet McCabe, United’s major shareholder and most influential figure behind the scenes at Bramall Lane, to discuss what, by his own admission has been a “difficult” campaign, this morning.
Seemingly unsure of whether those talks will mark the end of his turbulent five month reign - “Mr McCabe will set the agenda. I’m not going to prejudge what might be brought up” - Adams nevertheless repeated his desire to remain in post despite seeing United slip to 23rd.
“Do I want to carry on? Absolutely,” he said. “I want to be the person who restores our fortunes.”
Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers, whose side face Nottingham Forest in the play-offs after finishing third courtesy of Saturday’s triumph, backed his beleaguered counterpart. “The word I feel is so important to the future of Sheffield United is stability,” he said. “They need to ensure Micky is allowed the job of transitioning the squad from a Championship to a League One club.
“And, with their fantastic fan base and the manager’s passion for the club, I’m in no doubt they can follow the example of Norwich City and grow again.”
QPR manager Neil Warnock has admitted he does not know if he will be in charge of the club next season in the Premier League.
The club were handed the Championship title when the FA confirmed QPR would not be docked points for breaching transfer regulations on Saturday.
QPR vice-chairman Amit Bhatia has insisted Warnock’s job is safe - but the 62-year-old former Sheffield United boss remains cautious.
“I’m not totally confident - it’s one of those things,” said Warnock.
“I don’t want to leave London and I will be disappointed. I’m sure my stock has not gone down - but anything is possible.”
Warnock described his team’s promotion as the “best moment” in his 32-year managerial career.